Well, the front of my vest is coming along nicely, a little faster than I had anticipated. If it weren’t for knitting in the car while Justin is driving, I fear my knitting wouldn’t move along as quickly as it does. I thank my lucky stars every day he likes to drive, it gives me time to knit, read and relax.
Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature is still my book of choice. A few of you have expressed interest in knowing more about this book I was lucky enough to win at a community potluck back in February, so today a few more details about it.
This from the back cover:
“Awareness! Belonging! Connection! Speaking directly to these needs, Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature sparks our natural gift of curiosity. At eight or forty eight, when the power of mystery pulls us into nature, we follow. Think of these personal rewards: the excitement of discovery, real connection with animals and plants, and a sense of belonging through knowing our place on the planet. With the manual in one hand and someone we care about in the other, Coyote inspires us to follow curiosity’s magic with respect for the whole natural world.
Coyote’s Guide lifts the lid off the mind of a mentor to reveal what happens behind the scenes and offers dozens of activities, stories, songs and games, so mentors, educators, and parents can lead in ways that fit their ecosystems, their clients and their specific needs. Coyote’s Guide sets fresh standards for environmental literacy that engages body, mind and spirit.”
The book is divided into two sections, the first the Mentor’s Manual . This reveals through stories and discussion the principles of Coyote Mentoring. These are “layers” of learning and human development that underlie all practice, often invisible to participants but alive in the awareness of a mentor. The Mentor’s Manual is divided into elements of education that are happening “invisibly”. These elements are:
· Shifting Routines and Core Routines of Nature Connection
· Child Passions as Mentoring Tools, Questioning and Answering, Storytelling and Music
· The Book of Nature
· Orienting to the Natural Cycle
· The Natural Cycle of Learning
· Indicators of Awareness
The second part of the book the Activity Guide is an offering of games and other exercises that show how these “layers” of learning actually get implemented into practice – without participants realizing it.
The activities in the second part are linked by colour coding to the first part, so the principles embedded within each activity are linked to their explanations in the mentor’s manual.
This book is the basis for a program Reece and I will be attending in August called The Art of Mentoring. I am also really excited to be attending a talk with Mark Morey, who heads up the Art of Mentoring Program. He will be speaking about nature, culture and community.
All of this was introduced to me in January when Reece and I attended our first Oaks and Acorns gathering at Camp Kawartha Enviornment Center in January. It was by chance we attended and it was exactly what I needed - a community of like minded individuals on the same path we journey on.
What are you knitting and reading this week?